Fakenham Town looking to bounce back in FA Vase

Tommy Rix was beaten five times on a tough afternoon for Fakenham Town. Picture: Tony Miles

Tommy Rix was beaten five times on a tough afternoon for Fakenham Town. Picture: Tony Miles - Credit: Archant

Fakenham Town dropped down to second from bottom in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division at the weekend after a 5-0 defeat at Brantham Athletic.

The Ghosts went into the fixture on a high, having picked up their first points of the season with a 2-1 victory against Ely City at Clipbush Park the previous Tuesday evening.

But their joy was to be short-lived as their opponents were ruthless from the start, running out comfortable winners.

The hosts opened the scoring in the 25th minute, having had more of the play leading up to that point, including hitting the Fakenham crossbar.

Brantham had a goal disallowed shortly after, much to the dismay of the players and management.

Tommy Rix then had to be at his best early in the second half, keeping out an effort from distance.

Minutes later though another goal went in as Newson extended Brantham’s lead with a good finish.

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With 15 minutes remaining, Brantham added a third as Gunn finished smartly through Rix’s legs.

There was nothing the Ghosts keeper could do for the home sides fourth, an unstoppable shot from Smith finding its way into the bottom corner.

The hosts wrapped up the points with the fifth in stoppage time, as a ball over the top caused confusion and Bartlett tapped it home from a few yards out.

Fakneham: Rix, Akers, Gilchrist, Youngs, J.Williams (Kerrison), D.Williams, Skipper (Jarvis), Cantwell, Plumb, Harrison, Taylor (Beales).

The Ghosts take a break from league action this Saturday, as Huntingdon Town visit Clipbush Park in the FA Vase (3pm).

In Division Two of the Anglian Combination, Easton took advantage of the fact Fakenham’s Reserves didn’t have a fixture, leap-frogging The Ghosts’ second string who now have a game in hand over the league leaders.

A trip to face Acle United Reserves in the Cyril Ballyn Cup awaits this Saturday, with kick-off at 2pm.

Fakenham’s Ladies kick off their season at home on Sunday afternoon (2pm), hosting Sprowton Ladies in Division One of the Norfolk Women’s & Girls League.